The Game is getting a third iteration! After having its first revival at BET, a second revival is in development at its original network, The CW. Things are coming full circle as The Game was one of the series that helped launch the network post-UPN and The WB.
The original series, a spinoff of Girlfriends, ran from 2006-2009 on The CW. The first revival ran from 2011-2015 on BET.
Deadline, which first broke the news, says original series creator Mara Brock Akil wrote the second revival with Devon Greggory, the co-creator of BET’s American Soul. Greggory would be the showrunner. Right now, they are hoping to bring back some of the original cast. This second revival of the series would be hourlong. The original series was a multicam sitcom and the first revival was a single-camera, half-hour dramedy.
Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall, Hosea Chanchez, Coby Bell, Brittany Daniel and Wendy Raquel Robinson starred in the original series. Brandy, Lauren London and Jay Ellis joined the cast during the first revival. Mowry and Hall only remained for the first two seasons of the new series.
Here’s the description of the second revival: The Game family was coasting to retirement but they heard the call of the fans to make a comeback… and like the record-breaking winners they are, they decided to pick up and move from a half-hour sitcom in San Diego to a one-hour dramedy in Baltimore. This time, our out-of-touch old-timers are determined to help a bunch of knuckle-head new-schoolers navigate the ruthless game of football on and off the field. They will clash through the pitfalls of fame, fortune and love. Some will win, others will lose, but that’s what happens when you play The Game.
Salim Akil and Kelsey Grammer would also executive produce with Mara Akil and Greggory. CBS TV Studios is the studio. Mara Brock Akil is coming off of her multi-year deal at Warner Bros. TV, which produced Black Lightning (which is in its third season of The CW) and the short-lived, Love Is ____. Deadline says that she is fielding interest for a new overall deal.
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